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BREAKING: CAIR Welcomes Decision to Drop Recently-Introduced Policy Targeting International Students

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/14/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision to drop a recently-introduced Trump administration policy the Muslim civil rights organization called “cruel, dangerous and xenophobic” that would have forced international students on F-1 and M-1 visas out of the United States if their schools shift to online-only learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the decision to drop the policy as a court hearing was beginning on a challenge to the new rule.

SEE: Trump administration drops immigration rule targeting students

CAIR Calls on ICE to Reverse ‘Cruel, Dangerous and Xenophobic’ Attack on International Students

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

“We commend everyone who united to stop the Trump Administration’s cruel, dangerous and xenophobic attack on international students.

“ICE’s reversal marks a major victory for the threatened students, impacted educational institutions and basic notions of human decency.

“International students make significant contributions to our country and the world. They deserve our nation’s support, not discriminatory abuse.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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